A few carriers have announced plans for WiFi calling on their devices, and it looks like Verizon will follow suit. Unfortunately, the feature won’t be coming to the carrier anytime soon. Verizon’s Fran Shammo claims that Verizon still needs to do some of the technological legwork to make sure that WiFi calling is an acceptable experience, and since Verizon’s 3G coverage is one of the best around, they haven’t felt the need to urgently push WiFi calling. Still, they plan on deploying the feature at some point in the middle of 2015, which is almost a full year away.
In place of WiFi calling, Verizon has been hard at work rolling out VoLTE which offers a comparable experience to traditional 3G calling. There still aren’t many phones on Verizon’s network that support VoLTE or WiFi calling, so don’t expect a massive change overnight, even after Verizon allows WiFi calling next year.
source: Fierce Wireless
T-Mobile hosted the Un-carrier 7.0 event today bringing what they are calling “Wi-Fi Un-leashed.” Wi-Fi Unleashed brings Wi-Fi calling and texting to every Simple Choice customer, and they are including it on every smartphone they sell. What happens if you don’t have a phone that is Wi-Fi calling and texting capable? Well assuming you’re already a T-Mobile customer, they are offering you an exclusive enrollment window in JUMP!, which is their upgrade program.
If you don’t have a wireless router, or your current one sucks, T-Mobile will give you one made by ASUS called a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot. It has a unique patent-pending technology that prioritizes voice calls for HD voice.
Owners of the Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, get over to the Software Update menu. The Samsung flagship from 2013 is getting an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings international WiFi calling to the device. The GS4 is the first Sprint device to get the international WiFi calling update. Now, owners of the device can place or receive international calls over a WiFi network while traveling abroad in what Sprint says amasses more than 100 countries.
Sprint does intend on extending this feature to other devices as the year progresses.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Sprint will be rolling out an update to two LG devices. The update brings the carrier’s WiFi Calling feature that literally allows customers to place calls and send messages over a WiFi network at no extra charge. Assuming the WiFi network being used is stable, improved quality can be expected. The international aspect of this feature will also launch in the coming weeks.
The two devices receiving the update are the G3 and G Flex. An update notification will appear for those devices and a download will begin when accepted. Once complete, install and WiFi Calling is almost ready to go. A WiFi Calling app will be placed in the Apps folder for setup. Sprint currently offers WiFi Calling for many devices from Samsung and HTC already while intending to expand the offering to many more devices through the rest of 2014.
Let us know when you receive the update.
After previously seeing the upcoming Nexus 4 on T-Mobile will likely not have WiFi calling, it appears that it will after all. T-Mobile Support recently outlined the full data features of the devices and lo and behold– full WiFi calling is indeed supported. All that’s needed is for T-Mo customers to get a specialized GBA SIM card, register a 9-1-1 address and turn on the phone’s WiFi and connect to a WiFi network. All in all— while the pricing of the device is somewhat absurd on-contract, at least T-Mo customers will be able to save many of those precious monthly talk minutes which is a good thing, right?
source: T-Mobile Support
Are you looking forward to getting your hands on a new LG Nexus 4 from T-Mobile? If so, you should be aware of one feature the new smartphone will not have – WiFi calling. T-Mobile confirmed this would be the case after many potential buyers started asking questions about the feature. WiFi calling does require a specific app or code to be enabled and is usually inserted by the carriers. Considering the Nexus 4 is produced by LG for Google, it should probably not be surprising that T-Mobile was not able to get carrier specific features included on the devices.
The T-Mobile HTC One S smartphone had just been released recently and it’s more than lived up to it’s billing of being a solid buy. While it’s no doubt a good device out of the box, there is the noticeable issue of significant battery drain while using the WiFi calling feature. Apparently, the battery seems to drain faster while being on a WiFi-based call— which points out to a software issue somewhere. To that end, HTC and T-Mobile have acted quickly to ensure this isn’t a continuing problem and are currently working on a minor software patch which is aimed to improve the battery life of the device when making WiFi calls. No word on when exactly this patch will hit the devices but hey, we always welcome software updates which offer an improved experience for owners— so we won’t mind the wait.
source: T-Mobile Support
T-Mobile is extending their new popular Bobsled VoIP service to more than just the PC. Users with Android smartphones and tablets can now also benefit from the service. Bobsled, by Vivox, allows you to call your favorite Facebook buddy free of charge. No need to dial a number, just tap on your friend’s picture and a call session is in place. In addition, you can also send voice messages instead of traditional calling. Furthermore, T-Mobile has recently updated their browser version of the app and still offers free calling to any mobile device and/or land line in the U.S. and Canada. Regardless of what carrier you’re on, you can download the application and start enjoying free calls to all of your FB pals. If you’re ready for the download you can hit up the QR code below or check it out on the Android Market.
It’s been a pretty hectic day today in the Sprint Kyocera Echo…echo….echo dept as a frenzy of tech blogs jumped on the news which confirmed the update’s release, as expected being August 1st and all, along with a quick follow up of its suspension. The 2.3.4 Gingerbread update became available and offered a slew of features such as pinch to zoom support in the web browser, gallery and Sprint Navigation & Maps. The update also installed an new “downloads” application and adds the newest version of Swype 3.0 with “Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice list”. Due to a poster prematurely released by Sprint, it was thought that the device would also gain support for calls over WiFi and the enabling of a supposed built in NFC chip. According to Brief Mobile, a Sprint Rep explained that someone screwed the pooch and tossed up the feature page prematurely. The device will not be receiving those features. Sorry to break your hearts Echo owners.
But wait, the news gets even more interesting. Some time today, according to Android Central, it appears a majority of their readers were complaining that the update was bricking their devices. Say what?! Yep, looks like Sprint pulled a Sammy on this one and for now, choosing to error on the side of caution, have suspended the update until they can troubleshoot the issue. So, if you’re one of those 10 users that bought an Echo, just be patient and hang in there, it’s not worth bricking your investment. And if you have bricked your device, feel free to use our comments section below to rattle off how you truly feel. We’re sure Sprint and Kyocera are listening.
[gingerbread update via kyocera]
[update suspended via engadet 1, 2]
T-Mobile, the small yet scrappy innovative carrier of them all appears to be gearing up to add some new features to their smartphone plans. According to some leaked screenshots from our ninja loving friends over at TmoNews, it looks like existing customers can add unlimited WiFi calling, Name ID features for anyone not in your contact list and a voicemail-to-text feature for your added convenience. We especially love the unlimited WiFi calling for those who might be having less than par coverage in their area. This is much like the UMA (unlimited mobile access) feature we’ve seen on Blackberry devices. However, the difference is there are no hand-overs from UMA to the network and vice versa. WiFi calling is strictly over your WiFi connection and still uses your minutes unlike UMA. And once you are outside of your WiFi hot-spot, you lose the call. This is still a great feature for anyone having less than three bars in-house. Oh yeah, and it’s free. The caller ID feature will provide you with any name, number, city and state for businesses and contacts that are not stored in your phone book.
And finally, there’s the voicemail to text feature that is sure to be a hit. T-Mobile will add the feature to their existing Visual Voicemail application which transcribes messages for you via email or text message. Overall, we’d say not too shabby on T-Mobile’s part. Great job Magenta, it’s no wonder you’re constantly getting awards for innovation. As of now, we’ve not heard an official word from T-Mo on these new features, we’ve only got the leaked screenshots. So, things could possibly change or get scrapped all together. But be sure to keep it here to find out.
[via engadget by tmonews]